Alligator/Caution jam > 12:36 Feedback > 6:01 We Bid You Goodnight 0:45 closing comments 0:32
* severely attenuated signal, useless for music 14:03 total
This tape consists of two segments, the first running for 35:02, from the introduction of the Dead's "last set" through the first 2:21 of New Potato Caboose, and the second starting a couple minutes in to Alligator and running through the end of the set in 32:14.
At 0:41 of New Potato Caboose the strength of the signal falls away severely in both channels, past all recovery and continues in this state for 14:03 before resuming proper strength and continuing for 19:54 to the end of the tape.
Originally the source contained both a complete version, including the 14:03 of bad signal, and an edited version, with this segment removed. Since then a third version has circulated that contains a digitally modified version 14:03 where the music is at least audible. This is the "edited" version.
June 5, 2020 Subject:
This is one utterly amazing dark horse of a show. Yes, it's a damn shame that the sound quality plummets right after New Potato starts, but my God, what survives here, the Other One, is...words fail me, but I'll try...friggin' monumental. Astonishing. Mind-boggling. The most ferocious performance of TOO I've EVER heard, and I've been a fan since '69, so I've heard a ton of versions. The creative interplay between Lesh and Garcia is off-the-charts brilliant. Absolutely breathtaking. And I was totally straight when I heard it. It's a shame that Bobby's guitar is mostly somehow buried in the mix, though no, I'm not complaining! That the first half or so of this performance survived is a treasure, a gift from the gods of music.
This is a Cryptical>TOO you should crank up for anyone who thinks JG was a mediocre guitar player. I've heard that line repeatedly from people who don't know beans about the Dead, who've never really listened to much of them. Anyway, stream this on a good desktop system and let yourself be blown away on the wind of a cryptic envelopment.
Oh, and the good sonics show up again with Caution> Feedback> Goodnight, And that's definately worth hearing.
August 20, 2017 Subject:
That is indeed an intriguing 'Woo Hoo!' at 6:56. I am not entirely convinced that it is Bobby. It is his mike I believe, but it very well could be Pig or Jerry 'Woo Hooing' to get Bobby's attention to sing some/anytime soon, as his cue came and went. Right after the 'Woo Hoo' you can hear Bobby's guitar being moved/bumped. When he does start singing, his vocals have more than certain....'excitement.' Methinks dosage was a tad high.
November 7, 2012 Subject:
The fact that Bobby has no idea what he's doing is what makes these early tapes so good.. None of us knew what the fuck was going on in the beginning.
In the notes you say "This tape consists of two segments..."
Why then, can't it be offered to us here as two tracks? Wouldn't that better simulate the concert experience? Because even when the player on this site operates at it's best (and it doesn't always), there is still an interruption between tracks. An interruption that was not part of the show (or most reels and vinyl, etc.)
Before I get too down on you guys, let me acknowledge that you have taken a step in the right direction. Because even though you have cut up two performances into seven tracks, most of the folks who contribute to this site would have diced it into twelve!
November 2, 2010 Subject:
early Bobby guitar
It is a known rumour that Bob wasn't a very good guitarist in these days, as he was still a student of Jerry's and the youngest band member, so Bob was put low in (if not completely out of) the soundboard mix and had his amplifier playing to the room only.
When the band began to tour far from SF, you can hear all through '69 the out of tune guitars and mixed-match "noodling" plus ugly strumming/flicking the chords that Bob finally grew away from, thankfully!
If you want to hear Bobby finally come into his own then you got to hear the 2-13-70 Ungano's Pizza Parlor secret show. Bob played so much like Jerry by then that he was allowed to dominate rhythm guitar in the Fillmore shows those next few nights (which are Dick's Picks 4) and from then on.
Thank you to the hobbyists that preserved & repaired this show. You made it sound awesome!
July 15, 2008 Subject:
is bobby's string broken? or just his mind?
The Bob is virtually absent during parts of the Dark Star (see, e.g., Jerry's awesome jam starting around 8:30) and The Other One (like most of the first five minutes!).
Regardless, this is one of the hottest tapes ever. Jerry is one fire and the recording quality is sublime. When Bob finally shows midway through the Other One, Jerry takes it over the edge. But prior to that you get to hear what is probably the hottest recording every of Jerry, Phil and Pig setting the world on fire.
Check out the "whoo hoo!" at 6:56. Is Bob just checking the mic or trying to bring the audience back to earth? He sings the first verse (7:00 in!) like he's never sung before and fxcking kills it.
The jam which follows makes every jam in 1969 sound like an afterthought. Listen to the dark intensity at 9:30 until the final chorus ... shades of Exile on Tivoli Street and a faint whiff of Iggy's armpits.
The Cryptical outro somehow manages to do all that came before complete justice. One of the great aspects of this show is how it perfectly captures Jerry right between his more baroque '69 style and the rawer more percussive surf guitar he was playing in '67. The shows earlier in '68 (including the Avalon shows the previous month) lean more towards the edgy jangly open mind surf sound, but this show leans more toward the downshifted vibrato, velvety pixilation and deep thinking guitar that came later (all bets are off by '71, of course).
And then there is the Caution->Feedback which ends this show which is one of the most exalting ever. More cowbell? You must be crazy.